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Kevin Anderson out as Maryland AD, Gary Williams in?

Well, chalk this bit of news up to the completely surprised pile. According to multiple reports this morning, Kevin Anderson is out as the athletic director at Maryland.

The new was first broken by Bobby Blanco of MASN, who tweeted out the following:

It might have been the most well-kept secret in the history of college athletics though, because according to further reporting by Blanco, this was all done over the last two weeks without word leaking out.

But, why would Anderson, who has led a resurgence on and off the field for a once cash-strapped Maryland athletics department, be let go in the middle of a football season and just before basketball (which is king) season starts?

It appears that University of Maryland president Wallace Loh got wind of Anderson seeking out the AD job at the University of California-Berkley.

However, Anderson wasn’t officially fired until today, just left in limbo for the rest of his contract at first and then apparently removed when Loh had someone ready to replace him.

That someone? Try legendary Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams…at least that was what was floated this morning during the BTN Tailgate show.

It seems like the natural move, as Williams means more to Terps athletics than just about anyone and can unify the department and keep the fundraising rolling in for the big improvements being made.

Let’s just say that this whole thing is strange. From Anderson looking elsewhere, to the leave that he was put on, right down to the fact that we have no idea if Anderson really was already fired or if Williams is indeed the athletic director. Oh, and the fact that all of this took place without a sniff from the media is mind-boggling as well.

It will be interesting to see how Loh and the university handle this mess going forward.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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